Beer #102 Goose Island Sofie

Goose Island Sofie

Name: Sofie

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.   website

Country: USA

Region: Chicago, IL

ABV: 6.5% Abv

How served: 650ml capped bottle poured into a Triple Petrus glass.          

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: a Gyro platter.

Tasted on:  Tuesday April 20th, 2010. 

Note:  Bottled on February 19, 2010.    Bottle says you can age this up to 5 years, so I drank this one fairly fresh. I’ll save my other bottles to try in 6 months and then a 12-18 months to see if this changed for the better or worse with aging.  As Saisons go, this is on the “light” side of tartness and funkiness. However there is still a lot going on in this brew as it was well balanced for a farmhouse ale with hints of citrus and pepper.  It was quite refreshing.   I will be looking to try this one again.  

On the Label:  Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years.  Contains live yeast.  A sediment may form.  80% Belgian style ale blended with 20% Belgian style ale aged in wine barrels with orange peel.

From their website:  Brewmasters Notes

Fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with orange peel, Sofie is a tart, dry, sparkling ale. A subtle, spicy white pepper note, a hint of citrus from the orange peel and a creamy vanilla finish make Sofie an intriguing choice for Champagne drinkers and beer drinkers who are fond of Belgian Saisons.

Recipe Information:

Style: Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 6.5%
International Bitterness Units: 25
Color: Champagne
Hops: Amarillo
Malt: Pilsner, Wheat

Serving Suggestions:

Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass
Preferred Serving Temperature: 40º
Food Pairings: Sofie pairs with a wide variety of foods, its light and refreshing qualities complement lighter flavors like fresh oysters and contrast rich shellfish like lobster.

Cheese Pairings: Brie
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

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